Physics & Astronomy Colloquium

Fall 2016          Spring 2017      

NOTE: All colloquia will be held on THURSDAY at 3:30 PM in Rm. 109 Nicholson, unless otherwise indicated.

Date Title of Talk Speaker Speaker's Institution Host

Sept. 2 Friday 10am

435 Nicholson

Major Results from the Exploration of the Pluto System  Abstract Alan Stern Southwest Research Institute Geoff Clayton

Sept.2 Friday 2pm

Hill Memorial Library

Max Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Series: The Exploration of Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons



Alan Stern

NASA’s New Horizons Mission / Southwest Research Institute

Geoff Clayton

Sept. 8

 Stability at saddles of potentials 


A. R. P. Rau

  Department of Physics & Astronomy,

Louisiana State University

Juhan Frank

Sept. 15

Changing his Mind at the Speed of Thought: Einstein's Failed Attempts to Undiscover Gravitational Waves  


Daniel Kennefick University of Arkansas Jorge Pullin

Sept. 22

Sept. 29

Complexity of Entanglement in Quantum Computation and Macroscopic Quantum Orders


Akimasa Miyake University of New Mexico Mark Wilde
Oct. 6 Fall Holiday

Oct. 13

 Twisting the Quantum


Charles W. Clark NIST(National Institute of Standards and Technology) Jonathan Dowling

Oct. 20

 Rogue Waves on Pulsating White Dwarf Stars Abstract JJ Hermes  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Manos Chatzopoulos 
Oct. 27 Quantum Trajectories, Decoherence, and What One MIGHT Read from the Environment. Abstract Howard Carmichael University of Auckland, New Zealand Jonathan Dowling

Nov. 3

Media Center Theater

Hundred Years of General Relativity: A Global Perspective   Abstract Abhay Ashtekar Pennsylvania State University   Ivan Agullo 
Nov. 10

Gravitational Wave Memory


 David Garfinkle  Oakland University  Param Singh
Nov. 17 JWST: An Observatory Beyond the Moon  Scott Acton  James Webb Space Telescope
World Bicycle Tour
 Juhan Frank
Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Holiday      

Room 130 Nicholson Hall

5-6:30 PM

Nov. 30


Hearne Eminent Lecture Series

Deciphering the beginnings of the Universe: latest results and open questions

Matias Zaldarriaga Institute for Advanced Study Jorge Pullin
Dec. 1

Cosmology after Planck


Matias Zaldarriaga Institute for Advanced Study  Jorge Pullin


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